All You Need to Know for Scoring a Band 6 in Creative Writing
Consider this situation. You are a creative writer and your life is all sunshine and rainbows. But one day when you were walking on the street, the ever-shady Writer’s Block appears from around a corner and clobbers you on the head. And you go from writing thousands of words a day to taking weeks to write a line. Your thought process dries up faster than fresh cement on the wall.
You feel betrayed.
You feel like cattle dung.
In such distressing times, you probably can do nothing but drink some coffee and stare at your cat.
Creative writing isn’t just about words on paper – it is so much more than that. Having been a writer for over a decade, I have gone through every nightmarish situation possible. And over time, I realized that even when the creative juices aren’t flowing, there are certain nuances that can be learnt to manufacture equally enjoyable content. Knowing those secrets can make you a ten-fold better creative writer, churning out content at will.
Start Big on the First Paragraph
Gone are the days when heavily verbose texts were the talk of the town. Attention spans of people are at an all-time low and thus, it is important to have a kickass first paragraph which blows the reader away. Statistics tell us that a reader spends 37 seconds on a written piece before he starts losing interest.
Hooking readers right at the start is the key.
Your first paragraph isn’t chewing gum – don’t try blowing it up with gas. Introduce characters, paint a lynch-pin scene, or start off with an interesting sequence. Remember, classics are books that no one reads, but everyone praises. You definitely don’t want that.
Understand the Reader
Always get to know your audience before you start out. Since it is about the grades here, try getting to know your teacher well. Pay attention to his class and analyze what piques his interest.
School teachers are a tired lot. They read countless scripts that are all too similar, while stifling yawns out of courtesy. Try distancing yourself from the mundane and you’d stand a chance of surprising them with your content.
Structure your Write-Up
Creative writing is a lot like building with LEGO bricks. You could always stick them together to create something, but not all structures look good.
The idea here is to perceive parts of the write-up clearly. Every creative piece has three parts to it – the set-up, the central act, and the curtain-fall.
Start out with dramatic opening sequences, move on to add depth to the characters and the plot, and close out effectively without loose ends and a clean ending. Brownie points if you could spice it up the ending with an O Henry-sque twist.
Definitive Character Descriptions
The soul of any creative piece lies in the way its characters are defined, their setting and the impression they create on the reader.
For example, the Harry Potter franchise has well-grounded characters which make us love or hate some of them. The intent is to introduce idiosyncrasies that would prop up different characters and thus make the write-up a lively read.
Editing the Write-Up all the Way Up to Mordor
That’s right. Be as persistent as Frodo was on his way to Mordor. The first rule of creative writing is: You got to edit your script. The second rule of creative writing is: You GOT TO EDIT your script.
Seriously, ‘first time’s the charm’ never works in here. You might be pleased with your first draft, but never hand it out before you’ve given it at least a couple of read-throughs.
There always is a way to improve your write-up. Trying to be your own worst critique at this stage could help you create a stellar piece. Great writers finish their drafts, take some time off and come back to it again with a fresher perspective. Try this trick out and see if it works for you!
If you follow these tips, getting a Band 6 on your creative writing essay is going to be a piece of cake. The aim here is to make your story creative, engaging, and presentable. Work around this and you would take your teacher in-hook, line, and sinker.